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Easier Cinnamon Roll King Cake


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Cuisine: Dessert Snack

Let the bon temps rouler with this simple recipe.
The King Cake, an oval, sugary ring of pastry with icing in Mardi Gras colors, traditionally has a plastic baby hidden inside. The diner who is served the doll in his slice is declared the "king" and has to buy the King Cake for the next party. Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy reports that more than 750,000 King Cakes are consumed in Mardi Gras during Carnival.
-- Evening Edge staff

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Hands on time: 15 minutes  Total time: 25 minutes  Serves: 24

Ingredients:

    3 packages Pillsbury cinnamon rolls (8 rolls per package), with icing

    1 drop each purple, green and gold food coloring

    Colored sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet lightly with flour. Open the packages and set icing aside. Unroll the rolls and knead gently on the cookie sheet. Twist the rolls, kneading ends of each roll together to form one big circle, or two smaller cakes. Bake about 10 minutes.
While cake is cooking, take the 3 containers of icing and dye one purple, one green and one gold. You may need to microwave the icing for 10 seconds to soften it.
Set cake aside to cool. Drizzle icing on cake, alternating colors. You may also sprinkle on colored sugar, if desired.

Nutrition:

Per serving: 161 calories (percent of calories from fat, 33), 2 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrates, no fiber, 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 3 milligrams cholesterol, 361 milligrams sodium.

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